Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, LOSHANA K. SHAGAR and TARENCE TAN
THERE were 115 abandoned babies last year and another 59 cases as of June this year, Women, Family and Community Deputy Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said.
She said Selangor recorded the most number of abandoned baby cases with 23 babies in 2016 and 16 cases this year.
This was followed by Johor (19) and the Federal Territories (16) in 2016 and Sabah (7) and Kuala Lumpur (7) as of June this year.
Azizah said the majority of the abandoned babies were from one community.
“While the race of abandoned babies are generally not known, police investigations found that they were from one community," she said when answering a question by Dr Che Rosli Che Mat (PAS-Hulu Langat).
Azizah said measures such as Kafe@Teen and the social and reproductive education programme were implemented to address issues faced by teenagers.
She said, so far, 434,540 youths aged between 13 and 24 had participated in the Kafe@Teen outreach programmes.
“The social and reproductive education programme had also been implemented in 141 schools since 2012 where 10,025 students benefitted,” she said to a question by Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (BN-Sabak Bernam).
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